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December 1, 2013

The art of a global woman

Herbi M. Francis's yen to travel began while listening to her father's exploits far away from Akwesasne

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AKWESASNE —

“I’m a big people watcher,” Herbi said, who majored in women’s studies during a stint at Syracuse University. “I love anthropology.”

On long, international flights, she daydreams, reflects and writes.

FIRST SOLO EXHIBIT

By day, she’s a professional-house painter and decorative artist of interiors and exteriors. She works with her significant other, who is a tile-and-flooring contractor.

Her first solo exhibition, “Existence,” recently closed at the Foothills Gallery in Malone.

“It’s the beginning of me putting myself out there,” Herbi said.

GETTING INVOLVED

Like many Native Americans, she is concerned about future generations. She has been a member of Pamoja International Cultural Exchange, based in Brasher Falls, for 16 years.

“It’s a multi-cultural organization sharing cultures and the arts,” Herbi said. “We’re trying to get more youth involved, especially college students to help the next generation. We’re looking for more members. We’ve been around 30 years. We need more young people to keep it going.”

She served with Habitat for Humanity in Alberta, Canada and Tierra Projects in South Africa. For now, she keeps it close to home.

“The past couple of years, I’m enjoying what the North Country has and what we have around us,” Herbi said.

“We really have such a beautiful landscape. We’re at the foothills of the Adirondacks. What better place to be? It’s such a great landscape. A lot of us forget and take it for granted.”

Email Robin Caudell:rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

WHAT: Pamoja International Cultural Exchange

WHERE: Brasher Falls, NY PHONE: (866) 660-5116

WEBSITE: www.picei.org EMAIL: info@picei.org

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